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Got STRESS? Welcome to the Club!

We live in stressful times.  There is so much uncertainty with politics, the economy, inflation, the virus, work and family life, what can we DO about it?

Certainly exercise, eating healthy, sleeping adequately, meditating, and taking a bath can help to  reduce stress.  Everybody knows that and yet most people still find themselves leading stressful lives. 

Unfortunately, stress is the leading contributing factor in many preventable life-threatening illnesses.  Therefore, it is vital for us to get our stress levels under control! 

Often we feel as if we don't have time in the day to accomplish everything that we wish to and self-help practices on our list (such as meditating or praying) get postponed- it's difficult for us to catch up with our busy agendas!

There is good news, however, for even the busiest people!  There is something that can be done to reduce stress which doesn't take hardly any time at all.  If you have time to breathe, you have time for aromatherapy!

These are the effects of STRESS on the body:

Clinical research has shown that aromatherapy has measurable psychological and physiological effects such as reducing pain, fatigue, depression, stress and anxiety,  drastically reducing stress related biomarkers (i.e. blood pressure, heart rate and cortisol) and has considerably enhanced well-being. It has even outperformed other stress management techniques, such as progressive muscle relaxation.  

Aromatherapy has been used with cancer patients to boost lymphocyte production (immune system cells)!  Even animals who are nervous due to travel (or other stressors such as thunder) have been calmed by lavender aroma therapy!  The fact that it works on animals and children demonstrates that this powerful aromatic plant therapy is not merely a placebo effect since those results were not biased by expectation, belief, or desire and are therefore indisputable.

These and many more favorable outcomes are published in Pubmed which is known as the gold standard in medicine today because articles published there are placebo controlled, double-blind studies which are peer-reviewed.  The mechanism of action is not clearly understood, however, the olfactory sense (smell) is the sense linked to having the most immediate response in the brain of all the other senses.  Perhaps it is by the nature of the closeness of the two organs that the effects are so immediate and substantial.

Essential oils utilized in aromatherapy can be very affordable.

Diffusers are utilized so that aromatherapy can be enjoyed both at home as well as at work.  Maybe it will even chill your boss out!  Worth a try! Essential oil blends can be utilized to have specific effects such as:

  • Anti-Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Boost immunity
  • Cheer up
  • Quit Craving
  • JOY
  • Mental energizer
  • Peaceful sleep
  • Relaxation

The above are all meant to be smelled only, not ingested.  Some essential oils such as tea tree or clove oil must be diluted before applying topically or they can burn the skin due to the very strong concentration.  Therefore, only use the above in a diffuser.

Maybe there was something to those scratch and sniff stickers that we received as children.  Perhaps we should tap into the simple and therapeutic power of utilizing our sense of smell to promote states of wellbeing. 

This is something that naturopathic or natural  (aka "alternative") medicine has been teaching for thousands of years and has stood the test of time.  It is another application of ancient healing plants and herbal wisdom being utilized in modern times.

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